"Debut novel takes Futuristic Romance to new levels"
Ravyn Verdier, a telecommunications expert, is part of the
Colonization Assessment Team assigned to determine the
habitability of Jarved Nine, a planet far from her native
Earth. Ravyn is no stranger to death. Her parents had been
on the front line of the latest wars to rock their world.
Her father had died when she was just a child. Her
stepfather Gil had been a Spec Ops Officer, and her mother
had been a frontline nurse. She and her stepbrother, now a
Spec Ops Colonel, had lost them to an unexpected civilian
but nothing compared to the horror she had just witnessed.
She had emerged into the common room with a birthday gift
for a member of the team, to find all nineteen brutally
slain, soundlessly, and with no sign of a struggle.
Damon Brody, commander of a Spec Ops team on a routine
training mission on the far side of the planet, responds
immediately when an emergency distress signal is received
from the CAT headquarters. What the team finds is
shockingly grim. Damon goes alone in search for the
twentieth victim, and finds Ravyn alive, cowering in shock
behind her door.
Damon has a terrible premonition when Ravyn declares she'd
not been the one activate the distress beacon. His worst
fears are realized when he finds the rest of his squad
mutilated in the same manner as the CAT team. He now knew
that whatever had killed here had tremendous power and
strength. Like the CAT victims, his highly trained combat
unit had died without a fight. It is only then that Damon
realizes that the victims had been laid out in a specific
pattern. They were dealing with a fanatic, a ritual killer.
Knowing that they are not safe here, the two decide to take
sanctuary in the abandoned Old City. It is a long and
arduous journey, during which the pair quickly learns to
respect each other's abilities. Ravyn is surprisingly
strong, skilled, determined. Her endurance goes beyond his
expectations. So why, when he senses evil stalking
at every turn, does a highly trained warrior like Damon
find himself being distracted by her? Well okay, he knows
the answer to that
question. He's in love, and it appears Rayvn's shares his
feelings, but are they real or the result of their
situation? Can he afford to give into his desires when he
knows that his choices could mean the difference between
life and death? What were they facing? Would they find the
answers in the Old City? What had become of the people
who'd lived there? Could they hold out until help arrived?
Amazing! Lots of risks were taken in the telling of this
tale, which I believe ultimately will give it broad appeal.
This remarkable debut by Ms. O'Shea takes the genre to new
levels. It is labeled futuristic, no doubt due to the
romance content, which was engrossing in itself, but
personally I would categorize it as romantic science
fiction, and recommend it without hesitation to lovers of
the SF genre. RAVYN'S FLIGHT should also appeal to
readers of military, and romantic suspense. I think the
plot would even hold the attention of hard-core horror
lovers, but is well balanced enough to keep more squeamish
readers (like myself) firmly in its thrall. The
protagonists, both main and secondary, were strong,
believable role models. The conclusion was well drawn and
extremely satisfying Bravo! I can't wait for Ms. O'Shea's
Copyright © 2002
Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted November 19, 2002
Ravyn Verdier is on a mission to test the habitability of
Jarved Nine. Damon Brody is sent to rescue her when the
rest of her team is mysteriously killed. Trapped on a
planet that harbors an unimaginable evil, they have only
An abandoned city holds the key to their survival, but what
they find behind its ancient walls defies all their
preconceived notions and tests the limits of the bond that
has formed between them. To succeed, they will have to cast
aside their doubts and listen to their hearts. For only
when they are linked body and soul—when they realize love
is their greatest weapon—will they be able to defeat the
force bent on destroying all life.
RAVYN'S FLIGHT will be reissued in August 2006, concurrent
to the spin-off ETERNAL NIGHTS.